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An official says completing a bridge linking Detroit with the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario, is a priority of that nation's new government and will be completed on time

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DETROIT — An official says completing a bridge linking Detroit with the Canadian city of Windsor, Ontario, is a priority of that nation's new government and will be completed on time.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1ZtIpwe) Sunday the Detroit-Windsor Bridge Authority's interim chairman says it's a "top economic" project for new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration. Dwight Duncan became the authority's interim chairman Jan. 1.

Duncan dismissed comments made by his predecessor, Mark McQueen, the falling Canadian dollar would double the bridge's price and it's unlikely to meet its planned 2020 completion date. Duncan says "large, complicated projects" have "surprises" ''built into your timelines."

Duncan says the Canadian government, which is fronting the $2.1 billion cost of the Gordie Howe International Bridge, believes it will "prove itself to be beneficial."


Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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